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Harvard Museum of Natural History

26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
617-495-3045

May 2014

Sea Creatures in Glass: Blaschka Models of Marine Invertebrates

May 24, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
$8 – $12

Sea Creatures in Glass:  Blaschka Models of Marine Invertebrates features recently restored hand-crafted glass models created by famed glass artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka.  From delicate jellyfish and anemones to tentacled squid and bizarre sea slugs, these spectacular models were purchased by Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology during the latter half of the nineteenth century, and many have not been on display for decades.

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June 2014

Sea Creatures in Glass: Blaschka Models of Marine Invertebrates

June 15, 2014 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
$8 – $12

Sea Creatures in Glass:  Blaschka Models of Marine Invertebrates features recently restored hand-crafted glass models created by famed glass artists Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka.  From delicate jellyfish and anemones to tentacled squid and bizarre sea slugs, these spectacular models were purchased by Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology during the latter half of the nineteenth century, and many have not been on display for decades.

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November 2016

Harvard Museum of Natural History Presents: Meet the Harvard Horntails Team

November 13, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
$12

Test your skills on the Fantastic Beasts Scavenger Hunt at three adjacent HMSC museums AND meet Quidditch players from the Harvard Horntails team. Score a goal with the quaffle at the lawn near the Harvard Semitic Museum at 6 Divinity Avenue. Weather Permitting. Celebrate the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them and revel in a holiday season bursting with the magic of J. K. Rowling’s world by embarking on your very own search for magical creatures! Climb…

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December 2016

Blaschka Glass Flower Tour led by Collection Manager Jennifer Brown

December 20, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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$8 – $12

Tour the Glass Flowers exhibition following its extensive and historic renovation. One of the Harvard’s most famous treasures is the internationally acclaimed Ware Collection of Blaschka Glass Models of Plants, the “Glass Flowers.” This unique collection of over 4,000 models was created by glass artisans Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka, starting in 1886. Tour is limited to the first 30 people. First-come, first-served. Tour led by Jennifer Brown the Collection Manager of the Blaschka Glass Flowers.

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February 2017

Symbiosis and the Evolution of Life in the Ocean

February 16, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free

The discovery of microscopic life forms in the seventeenth century led to humankind’s understanding of microbes as the biochemical innovators of our world. Microbes have evolved exotic metabolisms that enable them to live in seemingly inhospitable places, and they inhabit nearly every animal and plant on Earth. Peter Girguis will lead a virtual tour of ocean microbial life and discuss how marine microbes influence the evolution of all life on Earth, even playing a role in the geological and geochemical…

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Next of Kin: Seeing Extinction through the Artist’s Lens

February 22, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free

How do we understand complex ecological issues such as climate change and species extinction? What role do the arts play in this understanding, compared to—or in collaboration with—the sciences? What is the role of empathy or belief, as opposed to knowledge? This interdisciplinary panel discussion will explore these important questions within the context of the new HMNH exhibition Next of Kin: Seeing Extinction through the Artist’s Lens, which uses special photography techniques, lighting and sound design, and specimens of extinct…

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August 2017

Live from the Deep Ocean

August 1, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free

Join us for a live glimpse of the biological diversity of previously unexplored areas in the deep sea off California. The museum will host a live Q&A with Peter R. Girguis, Harvard Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, and Jennifer Berglund, Exhibit Developer for the Harvard Museums and film producer, who are working with an international team aboard the E/V Nautilus. The live Q&A will be on Tuesday August 1st at 2 PM from the Geological Lecture Hall at the…

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September 2017

Darwin’s Backyard How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory

September 14, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
Free

Charles Darwin, iconic evolutionary biologist, was a naturalist with a passion for experiments. Sometimes quirky, always illuminating, Darwin’s experiments were an ever-present part of his home life, taking over his house, garden, and greenhouse, as well as surrounding meadows and woodlands, while often involving family, friends, and neighbors as research assistants. James Costa will discuss this inventive side of Darwin, detailed in his new book, Darwin’s Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory. Following the lecture, visit the…

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Cracking Bones, Gnawing Flesh, and Pondering Hearts: Body, Mind, and Medicine in Ancient Mesopotamia

September 19, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Free and open to the public

The human body has not changed significantly during recorded history—we share sensory faculties, metabolism, sexuality, aging, and mortality with even our distant ancestors. Concepts of body and self, on the other hand, evolve as cultural and historical constructs that vary widely between time and place. Drawing upon ancient texts and visual representations, Ulrike Steinert will discuss how categories of “body” and “mind” were construed in Mesopotamia more than three thousand years ago and will consider social aspects of the body…

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Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution

September 27, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Free and open to the public

Nature abounds with instances of convergence: structures or adaptations that have evolved independently multiple times. But evolutionary biologists, most notably Harvard’s Stephen Jay Gould, also point out examples of contingency, cases where the tiniest change—a random mutation or an ancient butterfly sneeze—caused evolution to take a different course. What role does each force play in the natural world? Are today’s plants, animals, and humans inevitabilities or evolutionary flukes? Jonathan Losos will discuss these questions and more as he presents content…

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October 2017

The Future of Happiness: How Communication Technologies Will Change Our World—Or Not

October 3, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Free and open to the public

What impact are information and communication technologies such as the Internet and social media having on our health, politics, and culture? While there is considerable controversy about this topic, informed analysis and empirical evidence to address it are lacking. In this discussion, an interdisciplinary group of experts from across Harvard University will debate the impact of these technologies on health, happiness, and well-being and discuss future implications for policy, practice, and culture.

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National Fossil Day: Meet a Paleontologist

October 11, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Celebrate National Fossil Day with ancient trilobites, sea scorpions, saber-toothed cats, giant ground sloths, and more. Meet Harvard paleontologists and learn about the amazing prehistoric animals on exhibit. Bring your curiosity and questions to this all-ages event!

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Fabulous Fungus Fair

October 15, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Explore the wondrous world of fungi! Join Harvard students for a closer look at the mushrooms, yeasts, and molds found in gardens, forests, and labs—even in our own refrigerators. This is an opportunity to investigate museum collections and participate in hands-on activities led by Harvard students.

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Wonders of the Microbial World

October 19, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Free and open to the public

In this lecture, Scott Chimileski and Roberto Kolter will share their fascination with the wonders of the microbial world through vignettes and images from their new book, Life at the Edge of Sight: A Photographic Exploration of the Microbial World (Harvard University Press). Their presentation will feature a stunning visual exploration of microbes, from the pioneering findings of a seventeenth-century visionary to magnificent close-ups of the inner workings and cooperative communities of Earth’s most prolific—but often invisible—organisms.

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Orb-Weavers: Web Masters of the Spider World

October 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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The familiar spiral web of orb-weaving spiders is simultaneously a key evolutionary milestone, an engineering marvel, and a work of art. Surprising new research suggests that this seemingly complex design has been repurposed, and may even have been wholly reinvented in different spider groups, over 140 million years of evolution. Combining specimens from the Harvard collection, stunning photography, and multimedia technology, Orb-Weavers: Masters of the Spider World is a small, special exhibit in the Arthropods Gallery that will examine the…

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November 2017

Microbes Mini-Festival!

November 12, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Regular Price of Admission

Join HMNH educators, Harvard researchers, and the Art+Bio Collaborative to investigate the world of microbes through observation, stories, and art explorations. Try hands-on activities, observe real microbes hiding in unexpected places, and learn about their role in our lives. Explore the new HMNH exhibit, World in a Drop: Photographic Explorations of Microbial Life, and leave with new perspectives

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December 2017

Consider the Lizard

December 9, 2017 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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$45 – $55

The Harvard Museum of Natural History presents an opportunity to get up close and personal with lizards. What is a lizard, and how can it be used to answer questions about ecology and evolution? Through careful observations of lizards, see the characteristics that define lizards, and explore the question of how a lizard’s morphology relates to its habitat. Meet live lizards and take a brief behind-the-scenes tour of the Harvard Museum of Comparative Zoology's lizard collection. This event is not…

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Speed, Sweat, and Stamina: How Animals Are Adapted to Run

December 9, 2017 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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$10 – $20

The Harvard Museum of Natural History invites families to join us in exploring the amazing ways animals have evolved to run; as fast sprinters and as slow long-distance endurance runners. Come learn about current biomechanics research with graduate students from the Departments of Human Evolutionary Biology, and Organismic and Evolutionary Biology here at Harvard. Get an insider’s look at some of the tools used to study how animals move. Experiment with hands-on activities exploring sleek skeletons, mighty muscles, and springy…

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Film Screening: Sneak Preview of Laws of the Lizard + Q&A with Filmmakers

December 11, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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The Harvard Museum of Natural History presents a free public lecture and screening by filmmakers Nate Dappen and Neil Losin! When scientists ask big questions about the laws of nature, they sometimes seek out improbable partners—such as lizards—to find the answers. In their new documentary, Laws of the Lizard, award-winning filmmakers Nate Dappen and Neil Losin partner with scientists to tell the surprising story of anole lizards. During a year-long quest that took them from tiny Bahamian islands to Caribbean…

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January 2018

Exploring Science Together: Dinosaurs!

January 6, 2018 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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$10 – $20

Join the Harvard Museum of Natural History to dig deeper and explore the fossil world of the dinosaurs! Discover what makes a dinosaur a dinosaur, and participate in a “fossil dig” with real dinosaur fossils. Explore our amazing collection of vertebrate paleontology with fun gallery activities. Compare dinosaurs to live modern animals and learn how paleontologists know what a dino’s daily life was like. Learn about dinosaur trackways and even create your own to bring home! All activities are designed…

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Capturing Butterflies and Moths with Pencil and Paper

January 13, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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$25 – $35

Explore the beauty of butterflies and moths. We will use close observation and various realistic drawing techniques to capture these animals and bring them to life on the page. This event is suitable for children ages 9-13. Erica Beade will be running an adult focused variant of this event on January 27th, 2018. Tickets for this event can be purchased at https://reservations.hmsc.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?EventID=9

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Drawing Butterflies and Moths in Colored Pencil

January 27, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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$45 – $55

The Harvard Museum of Natural History invites you to explore the beauty of butterflies and moths with artist, illustrator, and educator Erica Beade! This three-hour workshop will introduce observational drawing techniques with pencil and then dive into colored pencil techniques used to create a rich, vibrant image. All skill levels are welcome. This event is not suitable for children. A separate children's workshop will be held on 1/13/2017. Advanced ticket reservations are required and can be purchased at https://reservations.hmsc.harvard.edu/Info.aspx?EventID=11

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February 2018

Avian Coloration: An Art and Science Workshop

February 3, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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$45 – $55

The Harvard Museum of Natural History invites you to explore and consider the bird. The world of birds is full of diverse feather colors that combine to form amazing plumage patterns-- from neon yellow to somber black. How and why do birds achieve these decorative feats? Beginning with a microscopic look at feathers and expanding out to a broad perspective of patterns across bird families, Harvard University graduate student Dakota McCoy will use feather and bird specimens from the University's…

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I <3 Science

February 10, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Explore the marvelous science of our natural world in this annual daylong festival featuring dozens of activities. Awaken your love of science with activities led by Harvard scientists, graduate students, and enthusiastic explorers. Meet scientists who investigate fossils, microbes, or carnivorous plants. Hear short talks on current research at Harvard. Observe tiny, tough tardigrades (microscopic "water bears"), and make your own model. Design a Lego home for an insect or invent a flying creation for our wind tunnel. This program…

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Microbial Life: A Universe at the Edge of Sight Opening Lecture

February 15, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Free and open to the public.

Thriving all around, and even within us, is a minute universe of astonishing and diverse lifeforms so small, they cannot be seen by the human eye. Everything from our food, to the air we breathe, to the forest ecosystem, is based on the activity of microbes. These astonishing and diverse lifeforms that live inside and all around us are so small they cannot be seen by the human eye -- until now. The Harvard Museum of Natural History presents a…

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Microbial Life: A Universe at the Edge of Sight

February 17, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until December 31, 2018

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Standard Museum Admission - Visit https://hmnh.harvard.edu/plan-your-visit for more information.

Thriving all around, and even within us, is a minute universe of astonishing and diverse lifeforms so small, they cannot be seen by the human eye. Everything from our food, to the air we breathe, to the forest ecosystem, is based on the activity of microbes. These astonishing and diverse lifeforms that live inside and all around us are so small they cannot be seen by the human eye -- until now. The Harvard Museum of Natural History presents a…

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The Changing Landscape of Plate Tectonics

February 22, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Free and open to the public.

Plate tectonic theory, a milestone in twentieth-century science, has been instrumental in advancing our understanding of Earth’s geological history, the formation of its surface features, and its earthquake movement. In this free and public lecture presented by the Harvard Museum of Natural History and Harvard's Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, geophysicist W. Jason Morgan—who introduced plate tectonics at a 1967 meeting of the American Geophysical Union—will discuss how the theory came about, highlighting both the role of ocean exploration…

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As the Seas Rise, Can we Restore Our Coastal Habitats?

February 27, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Free and open to the public.

As sea levels rise, the potential loss of coastal habitats is a threat across the globe. This is of particular concern in the eastern United States, where coastlines are largely developed and offer few open spaces for habitats to move inland if present natural lands are lost. Considering the current conditions of coastlines, as well as future development scenarios, Steven Handel will discuss strategies to help maintain our coastal character and the ecological services of coastal habitats that are critical…

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March 2018

How Mushrooms Changed the World

March 27, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Free and open to the public

Fungi receive little attention in mainstream media, but these organisms have an enormous impact on ecosystems and on the production of food and pharmaceuticals. As decomposers, fungi recycle nutrients and are key contributors to the global carbon cycle. David Hibbett will examine the diversity of fungal decay mechanisms and how they have evolved across geologic time. He will also address the controversial hypothesis that fungal evolution contributed to the decline in coal formation at the end of the Carboniferous Period

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April 2018

Crossing Over: A Photographer in the Museum of Comparative Zoology

April 12, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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In this free, public lecture presented by Harvard Museum of Natural History, Photographer and Author Rosamond Purcell explores the hidden corners of scientific collections, the boundaries between art and science, and the mysteries of metamorphosis. In this lecture, Purcell will recount her long-standing relationship with Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology and explain how its collections have served as models and inspiration for her strangely beautiful, often unsettling images. Following the presentation, Jane Winchell, Director of The Dotty Brown Art &…

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Becoming Invisible in the Ocean: The Story of a Hawaiian Squid

April 17, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Free and open to the public.

Until recently, biologists considered bacteria to be pathogens that negatively affected the health of humans and other animals. Over the last decade, however, scientists have discovered that most animals live with bacteria in mutually beneficial relationships. Using the Hawaiian bobtail squid and its bioluminescent bacterial partner as a model, Margaret McFall-Ngai, Professor and Director for the Pacific Biosciences Research Center at the University of Hawai'a at Ma?noa, will address how animals select their bacteria—sometimes thousands of species—and how they maintain…

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Meet a Scientist at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

April 19, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Come see the world through the eyes of a scientist and explore what research reveals about life and our planet. Graduate students from the departments of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Human Evolutionary Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University will share their research through hands-on activities in the museum galleries. This program is designed to actively engage families in learning more about science and exciting new discoveries in our natural world. This program is…

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A Dive into the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

April 19, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Free and open to the public.

The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument, located just 150 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, is home to endangered whales, 1,000-year-old deep-sea coral communities, and a plethora of fish and seabird species. Designated on September 15, 2016, by President Barack Obama, this is New England’s only marine monument and the only marine national monument in the U.S. Atlantic Ocean. In this free, public lecture presented by Harvard Museum of Natural History in collaboration with the Conservation Law…

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June 2018

Unnatural Selection

June 16, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Free with museum admission.

When Charles Darwin considered how best to introduce his controversial new theory of evolution to the general public, he chose to liken it to the selective breeding of domesticated animals, changed by the hand of man. In her new book, Unnatural Selection, marking the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s great work on domesticated animals, The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication, Katrina van Grouw explains why this analogy was uncannily appropriate. Artificial selection is, in fact, more than just an…

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Unnatural Selection

June 16, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Free with standard museum admission.

When Charles Darwin considered how best to introduce his controversial new theory of evolution to the general public, he chose to liken it to the selective breeding of domesticated animals, changed by the hand of man. In her new book, Unnatural Selection, marking the 150th anniversary of Darwin’s great work on domesticated animals, The Variation of Animals and Plants under Domestication, Katrina van Grouw explains why this analogy was uncannily appropriate. Artificial selection is, in fact, more than just an…

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July 2018

MicroChefs: An Evening for Curious Adults

July 19, 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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$10 – $15

Wine, beer, sake, coffee, kombucha, yogurt, cheese, chocolate. Discover how our favorite foods are created by tiny microbial “chefs.” Indulge in the edgy intersection of microbiology and cooking to learn how these microbes make their magic. Food and drink will be served at this 21+ event. Advance tickets required: $10 members/$15 nonmembers. https://hmnh.harvard.edu/MicroChefs

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October 2018

Earth Stories: A Museum Mini-Festival

October 14, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Celebrate Earth Science Week at the Harvard Museum of Natural History! Explore how minerals can be clues to Earth processes. Discover what earthquakes can teach us about the interior of the earth. Learn about our planet’s atmosphere and climate. Meet Harvard scientists and find out how their research is helping us understand Earth’s past and its place in our solar system. Special Event. Free event parking available at 52 Oxford Street Garage This event will be run in conjunction with…

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The Rockefeller Beetles

October 20, 2018 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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New exhibition experience: October 20, 2018–Ongoing Over the span of 90 years, banker and philanthropist David Rockefeller collected beetles from around the world, eventually building a personal collection of more than 150,000 specimens. In 2017, his longstanding support for the entomology department of the Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology culminated in a gift to the museum of this extraordinary collection. Join the Harvard Museum of Natural History in celebrating this invaluable gift with a visit to The Rockefeller Beetles—a…

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Fabulous Fungus Fair

October 27, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Explore the wondrous world of fungi! Join Harvard students for a closer look at the mushrooms, yeasts, and molds found in gardens, forests, and labs—even in our own refrigerators. This is an opportunity to investigate fungi diversity and participate in hands-on activities led by Harvard students. Special Event. Regular museum admission rates apply. Free event parking available at 52 Oxford Street Garage

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November 2018

Herpetological Investigation at the Museum of Comparative Zoology

November 3, 2018 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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$40 – $50

Through close observation of museum specimens, learn how the university’s herpetological collections are used for forensic investigations, embryological and natural history research, and the discovery of new species. Then try your hand at data collection and analysis in a hands-on investigation of the evolution of anolis lizards, based on current research by evolutionary biologist Sofia Prado-Irwin, who will lead this activity. Instructors: Joe Martinez, Curatorial Assistant, Herpetology Department Museum of Comparative Zoology and Sofia Prado-Irwin, Doctoral student Organismic & Evolutionary…

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Fantastic Beasts Scavenger Hunt

November 18, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Put on your best robes and celebrate the upcoming film Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Revel in a holiday season bursting with the magic of J. K. Rowling’s world by embarking on your very own search for magical creatures! Dress up as your favorite character from the Wizarding World and climb a 150-year-old staircase, explore a maze of hallways and hidden rooms, peek around corners and into shadows to discover the real creatures and stories behind these fantastic beasts.…

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February 2019

I Heart Science

February 9, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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A Museum Festival for All Ages Awaken your love of science with activities led by Harvard scientists, graduate students, and enthusiastic explorers. Meet scientists who investigate fossils, microbes, and carnivorous plants. Hear short talks on current research at Harvard. Observe tiny, tough tardigrades (microscopic “water bears”), and make your own model of one. Bring your own collections to show to local shell and mineral clubs. This annual festival has something for everyone and is appropriate for children and adults of…

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April 2019

Meet a Scientist at the Harvard Museum of Natural History

April 18, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Come see the world through the eyes of a scientist and explore what research reveals about life and our planet. Graduate students from the departments of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Human Evolutionary Biology, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Earth and Planetary Sciences at Harvard University will share their research with hands-on activities in the HMNH galleries. All activities will be designed to actively engage families in learning more about science and exciting new discoveries about the natural world we live…

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July 2019

Cosmic Origins

July 20, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until November 27, 2019

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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$15

Cosmic Origins opens to the public on July 20, 2019 at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped down from the Apollo 11 lunar lander and impressed the Moon’s dusty surface with the first human bootprint. This singular moment—when humanity set foot on a world outside Planet Earth—inspired a vibrant new age of scientific and technological research that has vastly improved the understanding of our planet, solar system, and wider universe. On July 20,…

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A Lunar Soirée

July 20, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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$25

Celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the 1969 moon landing at this one-of-a-kind evening event exclusively for guests 21+. Enjoy cocktails, beer, light refreshments, and 60s music, as well as moon-inspired demonstrations and activities. Advance tickets required: $20 members/$25 nonmembers Purchase tickets. All ticket sales are final. Free event parking at the 52 Oxford Street Garage

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August 2019

Fruits in Decay, a Glass Flowers Exhibition

August 31, 2019 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 9:00 am, repeating until March 1, 2020

Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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$15

Saturday, August 31, 2019 – Sunday, March 1, 2020 While we eagerly await the ripening of our favorite summer fruits, microscopic competitors are at work multiplying and consuming them in a world beyond our sight. If we wait too long, the activity of fungi, bacteria, and other microbes will soon appear as an unexpected blotch, suspicious “fuzz,” or oddly curled foliage. Fruits in Decay is a new special exhibit in the Glass Flowers gallery that explores blight, rot, and other…

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October 2019

Reptile Day at Natural History Museum

October 6, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Celebrate reptiles! Join Harvard students from the Harvard College Conservation Society for a variety of reptile themed activities including a scavenger hunt, storytime, and crafts. Come learn about the history and diversity of reptiles, and why they need to be conserved! All ages are welcome.

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National Fossil Day

October 16, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Regular museum admission rates apply

Celebrate National Fossil Day with ancient trilobites, sea scorpions, saber-toothed cats, giant ground sloths, and more. Meet Harvard paleontologists and learn about the amazing prehistoric animals on exhibit. Bring your curiosity and questions to this event for all ages!

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Fabulous Fungus Fair

October 26, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Explore the wondrous world of fungi! Join Harvard students for a closer look at the mushrooms, yeasts, and molds found in gardens, forests, and labs—even in our own refrigerators. This is an opportunity to investigate fungal diversity and participate in hands-on activities led by Harvard students.

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December 2019

HMSC Member Night at the Museums

December 11, 2019 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States
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Wander the museum after hours, enjoy seasonal treats, and go behind the scenes to see objects not currently on exhibit. This is a great time to get your holiday shopping done at The Shop at HMNH, where members receive a special 25% discount during the month of December. Not a member? Join today so you can join us in December! Reservations open November 1.

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